is to move the seat automatically," said Christopher Meyer, product engineer
for CMT. "We believe if you move, it improves your comfort, reduces fatigue,
promotes alertness and increases blood flow to the lower extremities.
invented by a chiropractor, combines a proprietary software algorithm with the
vehicle's power seat hardware. At regular intervals, the software wakes up the
power functions, opening and closing the seat like a clamshell. The key is the
motion of the seat bottom, which moves in half-degree increments until it
reaches a total travel of three degrees. In addition to working with the
brushless dc motors that move the so-called "seat pan," it also interfaces with
the seat's recline motor and lumbar support motors, if the vehicle incorporates
is to redistribute the pressure points in the body and change the way forces travel
through the spine," Meyer said.
engineers say that by supplying motion, the company's patented software concept
provides a function that vehicle occupants normally seek when they naturally move
around in their seats during long drives.
body is very dynamic," notes the inventor, Dr. Paul Phipps, in an online video
describing the technology. "It craves motion. Motion is how it functions well."
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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